There was a surprise on the second of the Melbourne Inglis Premier Sale when a stallion standing for a small fee had a colt fetch a whopping Aus$270,000 (U.S.$209,000).
Delago Brom, the son of champion sire Encosta de Lago and resident at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria, almost stole top honors when multi-millionaire Nick Williams paid the big fee for the colt (the second foal out of the Thunder Gulch mare Clouding Over) consigned by little known farm Glenwood. Luke Campbell (general manger of racing operations & veterinary surgeon for Nick's father Lloyd Williams' stable) declared: “The colt is a real athlete. He'll go into the system and we'll look forward to eventually getting him into the stable.” The colt’s dam Clouding Over is a half-sister to both stakes-winner Nevet (seven wins from 1200-1838m and Aus$264,000 prize-money) plus group ll placed Hot Beat.
Delago Brom stood his first season for Aus$7,700 (U.S.$5,950) and his oldest are 2-year-olds. He has recorded four individual winners thus far, placing him second on the Freshman Individual Winners Table after the first six months of the season, behind Rock Of Gibraltar (5) and in front of Johannesburg, Choisir, Hussonet, Dash For Cash and Invincible Spirit.
The highest price of the day went to legendary studmaster John Messara's son Paul Messara, who paid Aus$300,000 for a colt by Coolmore sire and former champion sprinter Choisir (the fourth foal out of unraced Rory’s Jester mare Charming Charge) at the Oaklands Junction complex in Melbourne. The colt was consigned by Glentree Downs and his dam Charming Charge is a half-sister to group ll-winner Khaptivaan (dam of group l Oakleigh Plate-winner and 4-time group l-placed Khaptingly, also stakes-winner Khaptrist).
Big names continued paying good money for genuinely good stock and this was noted when Victoria’s Teeley Assets paid Aus$260,000 for a filly by Vinery shuttler Red Ransom(the third foal out of triple-winning Marscay mare Best Offer) consigned by Fulmen Park as agent. The filly’s dam Best Offer is a half-sister to stakes-winner Oamaru Storm (9 wins from 1110-1700 meters plus $330,000 in earnings).
Victorian buyer Steve Hingis paid Aus$250,000 for a filly by in form Arrowfield Stud sire Flying Spur (the 6th foal out of 4-time-winning Kenmare mare Celtic Lass) consigned by Devon Park Stud.
Overall the two select days of the three day Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale concluded with records for both average and aggregate: 371 yearlings sold for Aus$25,027,500 (U.S.$19,350,000) at an average of $67,460 and a median $50,000.
“Encouragingly, the sale has still realized an increase on last year, despite the number of Encosta de Lagos dropping from 32 entries in 2006 to just eight this time around,” said Inglis director Peter Heagney. “Furthermore, we have been buoyed by the interest from overseas with the South Africans being very active, while the HK Jockey Club has also weighed in with two six-figure purchases.”